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Environmental Branding in Social Media

For the last three years, I have been the Vice Chair of Social Media for the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Air Quality Committee. The position requires posting developments in the law...more

Petitioners Urge FTC to Investigate Utility’s Environmental Marketing Claims

This week, environmental activists in the state of Vermont filed a petition with the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that an electric utility made improper environmental marketing claims regarding its...more

News Media Touts “Findings” of New Study on Fracking Wells Leaks, But Fails to Recognize Limitations of Data

New unconventional fracking wells leak far more than older traditional gas wells, says a smattering of news media outlets reviewing a new study released by the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences on June 30, 2014. ...more

Crowdfunding of Solar, Other Renewables One Step Closer

Earlier this week the SEC today proposed rules for Crowdfunding, which was initially enacted under the JOBS Act (Jumpstart our Business Startups). After the enactment of the JOBS Act in April, 2012 and given the early, but...more

Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects in Early Stages and Growing in the U.S.

Direct investment in renewable energy projects has been an anticipated financing option among editorialists and bloggers the past year, and seems to finally be gaining traction in the United States....more

CPUC Seeks to Revisit Controversial Decision on CEQA Process for Telecommunications Projects - Public Agency Participation is...

After a pause of more than a year, the CPUC has revived its effort to determine whether and how it will conduct environmental review of certain telecommunications projects under the California Environmental Quality Act...more

Texas Court Allows Defamation Claim Against Landowner to Proceed

On Monday, Texas’s Second District Court of Appeals partially affirmed a District Court order allowing Range Resources Corporation’s (“Range”) defamation and business disparagement claims against a landowner to...more

Utility Pole Not A Point Source Under The Clean Water Act

Last week the Ninth Circuit held that utility poles are not “point sources” of stormwater discharge nor “associated with industrial activity,” and therefore do not require an NPDES permit to comply with the Clean Water Act....more

Skadden's 2013 Insights: Regulatory

Communications Law: The Relentless Pursuit of Broadband Competition - As the Obama administration enters its second term, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) is one of many federal agencies likely...more

Carbon Market Open for Business While Disputes Loom

Results of California’s first cap-and-trade carbon auction are in and the results are mixed. The auction was for carbon permits that permit greenhouse gas emitting businesses the right to release carbon into the air. Each...more

REGULATORY: D.C Regulatory: The FTC’s Revised Green Guides Provide Direction for Renewable Energy Marketing Claims by Harold Shaw...

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently adopted revised Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (“Green Guides”).[1] The 2012 Green Guides, which modify a 1998 version, are not binding regulations but are...more

Green Building Newsletter - January 2012

In This Edition: *Law & Policy Updates: ..Henry Gifford’s Lawsuit Against U.S. Green Building Council Dismissed; LEED 101: A Look at the Proposed LEED Update - LEED 2012; and ML Strategies Energy and Environment...more

Building Energy Performance Litigation

Does LEED-certification necessarily correlate to building energy savings? That is the crux of a lawsuit filed by Henry Gifford (along with an architect, engineer, and consultant) against the United States Green Building...more

Adopting and Complying With Green Practices : It’s more than just a marketing concept.

After a summer of discontent, with legislative deals to make drastic cuts in federal and state budgets and the promise of continued forays to roll back or restrict climate change regulations, it might be tempting to think...more

Will The Revised "Green Guides" Do More Harm Than Good?

Last week Sun Chips pulled its biodegradable snack bag off the market around the same time that the FTC announced that it wanted to change its so-called "Green Guides." Coincidence? Maybe. Sun Chips explained that the more...more

Renewable Energy Update - December 8, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: *Green industry growing more slowly than hoped *Renewable Energy Focus ..32 companies sign DOE pledge to reduce energy intensity by 25% *Wind farms have no negative impact on property...more

Grid Privacy Issues To Be Examined by the Federal Communications Commission - Comment Period through October 2, 2009

Smart Grid technology enables electric utilities to use communications and computing technology to glean consumer electric usage patterns to facilitate more efficient network management. It has been identified by the FCC as a...more

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